Babylon ( Mesopotamia )
These huge statues come from the palace of Sargon the 2nd in Babylon
These human headed winged bulls were protective genies and were placed
as protectors at doorways of the palace
Sonya is here to show the scale
Sargon founded his captial at Dur Sharrukin, present-day Khorsabad close to Mosul in Iraq
All these reliefs from Sargon's city date from around 700 BC
Carved from a single block this relief is more than 4 meters
high by 4 meters wide and is a meter in depth.
The Divine Triad
Dating from the 1st century AD, Syria, the statues here are of 3 Gods dressed in Roman atire
A Frieze of Archers
Theses maybe the royal guards of Darius I, whom Herodotus called "the Immortals"
More Archers, it is not known for sure that these represent the Immortals
What are Archers without Lions ?
The Lions also come from the palace of Darius 1 at Susa, circa 500 BC
Capital of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I
There were 36 columns of the Royal hall, each stood 21 metres in height
This is a Cylinder Seal used much like seals today
This one reminded me of a 1950's science fiction image with the towers
This guy is Ebih-Il, the Superintendent of Mari
This statue dates from 2300 BC and was found during excavations in 1933
It was common for upper class people to create statues of themselves praying to the Gods
One of rooms showing the antiquities of Mesopotamia and the quality of the Louvre
Don't mess with this guy ! Arrggghhh !
"Scarfaces" are anthropomorphic dragon-snakes belonging to the mythology of central Asia,
where they incarnated the hostile forces of the underworld. Their power was controlled not by killing
them but by reducing them to silence by a slash across the right cheek.
Thus dominated, they could become benevolent.
Only four complete and three fragmentary examples of 'Scarfaces' are known
The origin of this statue is unknown
The Law Code of Hammurabi
Erected by King Hammurabi in the 18th century BC, it is one of the world's first
and most important treatments of Law for humankind.